Cancérologie, Biologie, Médecine, Santé

L'école doctorale

Perimeter of the doctoral school PhD Oncology, Biology, Medicine, Health

The Doctoral School of Oncology, Biology, Medicine, Health is monothematic and covers all aspects of oncology.

The Doctoral School of Oncology, Biology, Medicine, Health is based on the scientific and medical activities of the 80 Reception Teams of PhD Students (EAD) on several sites (Gustave Roussy, CEA, Institut Curie Paris and Orsay, AP-HP, ENS of Cachan, Weill Cornell Medical College, Cochin Institute, Luxembourg Institute of Health and Versailles St-Quentin University) and revolve around four main axes:

  • The fundamental aspects in oncology
  • Genetics and epidemiology
  • Pharmacology and new therapeutic approaches
  • New methods of biological and clinical investigations (including imaging)

The Doctoral School of Oncology, Biology, Medicine, Health belongs to the University Paris-Saclay, it is attached to the Faculty of Medicine Paris-Sud which is co-operator with ENS Cachan.

Its seat is on the campus of Gustave Roussy.


The secretariat open 

  • Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday and Friday: 9h to 12h30 and 14h to 15h30
  • Thursday: 11h to 12h30 and 14h to 17h15


Council of the Doctoral School

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Marie Christine 

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Duration of the thesis The CBMS Graduate School indicates to PhD students from their 1st PhD enrollment that the duration of their thesis is 3 years. At each registration, they will be asked to provide proof of funding. Exceptions may be granted, after the opinion of the thesis director and the director of ED CBMS, upon a reasoned request. In this context, the ED CBMS insists on the 4 points that must characterize a thesis:

  • Excellence of the doctoral project
  • Promotion of research work in terms of publications, patents, etc.
  • Complementary training completed and adapted to the doctoral student

Preparation of a credible professional project

These 4 points are essential and must prevail over an imposed rigid period. The requests for derogation are therefore extremely numerous. They will be examined taking into account the progress of the research work, the results obtained, the difficulties encountered, the publications and the degree of maturation of the doctoral project. Requests for exemption beyond a third year of the thesis must be quite exceptional and be based on a solid argument. Employed doctoral students will not be able to complete their thesis for a period of 3 years or even 4 years. Physicians holding a clinical activity during all or part of their thesis fall into this category. Note that the average duration of theses is very dependent on the scientific discipline. In the field of biology, theses carried out in 3 years are not in the majority.

For the CBMS ED the average of the duration of the theses is 50 months. Thesis charter and rules of procedure The charter of theses is a set of general principles and basic conditions that specifies the roles and responsibilities of the actors of the Paris Saclay University of doctoral training. The charter is a framework that invites them to act responsibly and defines good practices in doctoral training. The charter assumes that the actors of the Paris Saclay University of doctoral training have the primary obligation to ensure that they comply with the requirements of national legislation.

The charter recalls some of the principles, rules or processes defined by the regulatory texts of the decree of 7 August 2006 governing doctoral training, but without seeking to be exhaustive. The thesis charter is signed by the doctoral student, the thesis director, the director of the host laboratory and the director of the ED CBMS. The rules of procedure (currently being validated by the board) also specify how to implement the texts of the order of 7 August 2006 on doctoral training and additional information. It includes at least the following elements:

  • The functioning of the Doctoral School: the governance of the ED CBMS, the members of the Council and the budgetary management
  • Registration formalities in 1st year of thesis and re-enrollment: selection criteria, the admission jury and the procedures related to registration and re-registration
  • The progress of the thesis: the commitments of the doctoral student and the thesis director, the duration of the thesis, the thesis committee, the funding and the training courses followed
  • The formalities of defense: the appointment of the rapporteurs, the composition of the jury, the authorization of defense, the deposit of the thesis at the University Library, the defense of thesis and the issuance of the certificate of success
  • Follow-up of the professional insertion: commitment of the doctoral student to inform about his professional situation during 3 years after obtaining the doctorate





The objectives of the individual monitoring committee:


The objectives are:

  • to ensure the smooth running of the curriculum by referring to the doctoral charter and the individual training agreement
  • evaluate the conditions of his training and the progress of his research
  • make recommendations and report
  • to take special care to prevent any form of conflict, discrimination or harassment



The doctoral student must program inevitably 1 to 2 individual monitoring committees :

  • before the end of the first year of the thesis: to review the subject of the thesis with a bibliographical summary
  • before the end of the 2nd year of the thesis: to plan the last operations of the thesis

Nevertheless, in case of need and in agreement with its supervisor, the doctoral student may request an individual follow-up committee at any time.


Composition of the individual monitoring committee :

The composition :

  • Thesis director
  • The referent of the ED CBMS
  • ​Two or three experts in the scientific field concerned and who are proposed by the thesis director


Organization of the individual monitoring committee:


The organization of the individual follow-up committee is the responsibility of the doctoral student and his / her supervisory team who must ensure the logistics and cover the costs incurred.

The referent is appointed at the beginning of each academic year by the director of the Doctoral School

At the latest 7 days before the expected date of the individual follow-up committee, the doctoral student must send the experts and the referent of the ED CBMS a 2 to 3-page summary of the state of progress of his research work.


Progress of the individual monitoring committee:


• Presentation of the progress of the research work

• Discussion of the different important elements for the good progress of the researches of the doctoral student (publications, experimentation, the results, etc ...)

During the individual monitoring committee, the referent drafts the report with the consent of the other members.

This report must be sent to the doctoral student, the thesis supervisor and the secretary of the CBMS ED. 

The doctoral student must then submit his report on ADUM.


Can the experts of the monitoring committee be part of the thesis jury? :

 Yes. But a co-signer of an article cannot be rapporteur.



Devices set up by ED CBMS to monitor the insertion of doctors On the basis of a questionnaire, the CBMS Graduate School conducts an in-depth survey and statistical analyzes of the future of PhDs during the 3 years following the PhD thesis (commitment of PhD students to answer in the PhD charter and to provide their coordinates). In addition, Paris-Sud University also has a follow-up procedure via Interceptum. • Actions conducted jointly with companies, local authorities, associations, etc. With regard to the medical purpose of the Ecole Docotrale CBMS, partnerships with industrial laboratories are essential, firstly to ensure the training of certain doctoral students for the private sector and secondly to involve employers potential for the professional integration of PhD students. As a result, links have been established with large or medium-sized laboratories such as SANOFI, ROCHE, BAYER, PFIZER, SERVIER, PIERRE FABRE, IPSEN, but also successful start-ups working in one of the oncology sectors. The CBMS Doctoral School is an obvious pole of attraction for the Ile-de-France Sud region. This is the reason why this structure was set up with the support of local and regional authorities and that of many local elected representatives, particularly those from the Val de Marne West agglomeration community (Arcueil, Cachan, Fresnes, Gentilly , Kremlin Bicetre, Haÿ the Roses and Villejuif). Officials of the ED participate alongside elected officials in the reflections on the development of the health pole, the problems of reception of foreign teachers and students, the problems of communications, etc! Finally, note that the ED oncology is one of the structuring training devices in the Ile de France region and established in this context functional links with the competitive cluster MEDICEN Paris region which has included oncology and training actions in its priority axes. • Actions implemented to optimize insertion During the thesis, the CBMS Doctoral School strongly encourages the doctoral student to build his professional project throughout the thesis. The CBMS Doctoral School is committed to promoting the integration of doctoral students wishing to pursue a career in the private or public sector. ED CBMS strongly encourages PhD students to: Take training courses in the following areas: oral communication, time and relationship management, openness to the business world, training for higher education and research professions, training in intellectual property, scientific English! Most of these courses will be pooled within the framework of the Paris Saclay doctoral college and when this is not the case the doctoral school will offer ad-hoc training. Specific training is essential because the labor market, the nature of the companies, the nature of the jobs offered and the terms of access to employment can vary from one sector to another. • Participate in doctoral associations and participate in events allowing them to broaden their networks and learn about the post-thesis (forums, doctoral, reception days ....). The CBMS Doctoral School also involves private actors in its operation (for example at the Council level) in order to facilitate mutual information between doctoral training and the world of potential employers.


Direction of theses

The maximum number of theses directorates that a same thesis director may conduct simultaneously will be set in accordance with Article 17 of the Decree of 7 August 2006 on doctoral training. The standard of supervision is from 3 to 4 PhD students per supervisor.

The thesis director is the one who assumes responsibility for the thesis vis-à-vis the CBMS Doctoral School. The thesis can nevertheless give rise to a scientific co-direction, especially in the case of multidisciplinary theses or cotutelles. In this case, during the initial registration or re-registration, a thesis director, member of the list of HDRs of the doctoral school, and a thesis co-supervisor will be declared in the registration file. The respective contributions of the members of the research team involved in the follow-up of the thesis (director, co-director, co-supervisors) will also be specified in the form of supervision rates. The thesis director of the CBMS Graduate School undertakes to ensure at least 50% of the supervision of the thesis.

An exemption request may be submitted to the Council of the CBMS Doctoral School, in accordance with Article 17 of the Decree of 7 August 2006 on doctoral training. To grant a derogation, the council of the doctoral school takes into account the possible mobility of the thesis supervisor, the professional integration of PhD students previously led by the thesis director, the scientific production of previously directed PhD students and finally the degree satisfaction of doctoral students especially in terms of supervision and provision of resources.

Framing potential

There are currently 80 Hosting Teams of PhD Students affiliated to the CBMS Doctoral School representing a doctoral supervision capacity of 206 HDR. It is therefore a very important supervisory potential that includes faculty researchers and researchers from organizations and also many PU-PH that brings the skills to the interface between science and medical applications.

The laboratories in which the Doctoral Reception Teams are located are all labeled by the research organizations or the MESR. It should be noted that many EADs are located in hospitals, cancer control centers (Gustave Roussy and Institut Curie) and Inserm units, CNRS located on hospital sites of the AP-HP. This medical backing is a key element of training and professional integration.

Le doctorat


Your status as a PhD student

Inscription et réinscription

ADUM registration and re-registration portal

- For registration in the first year,

​You must file and finalize a registration application form in ADUM.

You must indicate your home office AND your laboratory in ADUM.

- For re-registratrions,​

You will proceed from your ADUM personal interface.

All informations here

- Specific steps:

Derogation; Extension, Hyphenation, Transfer, Abandonment: More information here

Concours et sujets de thèse

Competition CBMS 2020

Competition Calendar 2020

22-01-2020: Opening of project deposits on ADUM (no paper file is possible)
27-04-2020: Deadline for the collection of projects by the ED via ADUM
30-04-2020: Deadline for posting topics
30-05-2020: Deadline for deposit of the complete dossier by the candidate on ADUM
05-06-2020: Deadline for the thesis supervisor to give his “favorable opinion” to a single application on ADUM
17-18- (19) June: Hearing + UDOPIA

1. Application for a thesis subject

If the subject had been assigned to you beforehand (register with the email address indicated by the thesis supervisor), its title appears and you only have to click on "save my application"
or, click on "add a new application", then on "-> Consult the detailed description of the thesis subjects" which will allow you to choose the subjects proposed for the ED CBMS 582 by filtering on the Doctoral School of Cancerology . (

By clicking on the subject that interests you, you can apply.
• Then click on "motivations and supporting documents" to complete your personal file and specify your motivations for the chosen subject. Remember to write down all the documents you will need to provide to finalize your application. After confirming, by clicking on the "doctoral file" button, you will see a page appear which must be printed in PDF and signed before scanning to integrate it into your entire file.

• As indicated, you will have to create a single PDF file containing all the documents for your application.
• When you have validated your application, the thesis director will receive an email to inform you and you will receive a confirmation email from ADUM.

2. Opinion of the thesis director

The thesis director must give an opinion on each application that must be written, even succinctly.
For a given thesis subject, there is at most one favorable opinion, the others being unfavorable

3. Hearing by the jury

All candidates who have received a favorable opinion from the thesis director are interviewed by the jury. If there are too many, a pre-selection can be made beforehand on file by the jury.

20 min: 10 minutes of presentation and 10 minutes of questions


In 2nd, 3rd year and beyond, the registration must be renewed between 1 September and 30 November, in all cases, including when the first registration took place late.

A university year starts on September 1st and ends on August 31st

The registration is annual, it is renewed at the beginning of each academic year

Doctoral students who support their thesis between September and December of a university year, are covered by their enrollment in the previous academic year and must not re-register.



At the latest, 3 months before the defense:

- Handshake, logistics, place of defense
- Confidentiality

At the latest, 2 months before the defense:

- Triggering of the procedure in Adum by the doctoral student
- Appointment of rapporteurs[1] (to be signed by the director of ED)

At the latest, 1 month before the defense:

- Legal deposit of the thesis - 1st deposit – RDV with the Kremlin Bicetre Library
- Jury proposal[2] (to be signed by the director of ED)
- Examination of the thesis by the rapporteurs

[1] Document to download on ADUM

[2] Document to download on ADUM




University professor (French or foreign) HDR or equivalent[i]

4 -8 members

Of which thesis director - rapporteurs

External at Paris Saclay University and ED

50% or more of teachers or equivalent

No co-publication with the doctoral student

50% or more external members at Université Paris-Saclay and ED

Not having was a member of the thesis committee

1 or more member of Paris-Saclay University (excluding thesis supervisor)


The president must be a teacher or equivalent


[i] Research Director


National and international openness

The CBMS Doctoral School's main objective is to regularly increase its international impact in a significant way on two levels:

- Institutional agreements with foreign universities to promote the exchange of doctoral students: reception of French PhD students in foreign laboratories and vice versa.
- Reception of foreign students, especially from the EU, favoring co-supervised theses.

Reception of doctoral students in foreign laboratories

As part of a voluntarist policy announced at the time of the last accreditation application, the CBMS Doctoral School promotes as much as possible, co-supervised theses and stays of PhD students abroad in the framework of collaborations between PhD student reception teams and foreign partner laboratories. Currently about ten doctoral students are internships in foreign laboratories, located mainly in Europe and the United States.

It should be noted that the accomplishment of thesis in real cotutelle is often difficult to implement, even impossible in some countries.

In view of this reality, the CBMS Doctoral School promotes theses carried out within the framework of scientific collaborations between laboratories. As part of this policy, the CBMS Doctoral School encourages doctors wishing to do part of their thesis at a major foreign university.

The CBMS Doctoral School benefits from agreements concluded between the various institutions involved and foreign institutions.

Note cotutelles with:

- Weill Cornell Medical in New York
- Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
- Luxembourg Institute of Health
- University Hospital Vaudoix (Switzerland)
- The National Cancer Center in Tokyo, Japan
- MD Anderson, USA
- Sloan Kettering, USA
- McGill University, Canada
- University of Florida, Gainsville, USA
- National Taiwan University, Taiwan

The CBMS Doctoral School integrated into Paris Saclay University will continue this policy of international opening in connection with the reception teams of doctoral students.

Reception of foreign PhD students

The CBMS Graduate School welcomes a significant number of foreign students to the 80 EADs with funding from their home country. These are EU nationals, but also from North America, Latin America, the Maghreb and Asia. The ED also welcomes several foreign students who have completed an M2 in France.

In the steady state about 1/3 of doctoral students are of foreign nationality. CBMS Graduate School welcomes many foreign doctors from all countries including Latin America, which can be considered as a parameter of attractiveness, attractiveness largely related to the scientific quality of the host teams .



Mme Poisot Léa

M. Deutsch Eric

Directeur Adjoint